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Wordpress on an Established Microsoft Server Site
Trying to get Wordpress/PHP installed on a Microsoft server.
buddhu




msg:4574685
 10:23 am on May 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

I'm SEO and primary content creator for a UK ecommerce site (to give you an idea of scale, the business has annual turnover about 35m).

Having SEOed aggressively for a decade, we were hit hard by Google Panda, and only slightly less hard by Penguin. Most of the Penguin issues have been fixed. The content based issues linked to Panda have meant a complete revision of site content and information architecture.

The main web developer and I really want to use Wordpress to manage the non-commerce site content. The way content was previously managed resulted in a disorganised server with too many layers and much duplication.

Our website is on a Rackspace Microsoft server. Database and scripting is all MS platforms.

Our IT manager is strongly resisting the idea of attempting to install Wordpress using the MS Webmatrix facility. He says that it is too risky on an established site and that it is intended for new-build sites. He also claims that we do not have adequate in-house PHP/MySQL/IIS combined skills to cope with teething problems and security issues.

I acknowledge the validity of his concern over possible damage to our existing set-up, and about security.

His solution is having the install on a subdomain on a separate server. I really want to keep this content under the main .co.uk. The idea is to manage diverse (but on site topic) content while maximising integration with our social networking efforts. The whole thing needs to be SEO friendly.

The IT manager will not countenance an installation on our main server without an in-house person who has the required PHP/MySQL/IIS admin skills. He says this set of expertise would be very expensive to recruit, merely to maintain a glorified blog.

Our site restructure will be very significantly limited by our inability to use this platform as we had intended. I've checked out Blogengine.net and it really isn't comparable.

Any bright ideas?

Sorry for the long and possibly rambling post. I'm kind of at my wits' end here.

 

Leosghost




msg:4574689
 10:39 am on May 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

I agree with your IT manager ( and his reasoning )..don't do it..put it elsewhere..

buddhu




msg:4574695
 11:21 am on May 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the response.

lorax




msg:4574758
 4:58 pm on May 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

I concur. Listen to the IT mgr.

buddhu




msg:4574907
 8:21 am on May 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

Thanks, guys.

I was kind of hoping (for specific SEO reasons) to have the Wordpress installation under the main domain, not a subdomain.

As there seems to be a consensus against, and no solution allowing it, I'll take your advice and adjust our plans accordingly.

I'm grateful for the assistance.

phranque




msg:4574923
 10:16 am on May 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

you can still do this on the main domain while hosting the blog elsewhere.

Setting up a Reverse Proxy using IIS, URL Rewrite and ARR : carlosag : The Official Microsoft IIS Site:
http://blogs.iis.net/carlosag/archive/2010/04/01/setting-up-a-reverse-proxy-using-iis-url-rewrite-and-arr.aspx [blogs.iis.net]

CrustyAdmin




msg:4577854
 3:27 am on May 26, 2013 (gmt 0)

We went through something similar at my work. Our solution was an iRule in the F5 pointing mainsite/blogs to a different server.

You're IT dept is correct in not wanting to introduce new isues to an existing system.

Kendo




msg:4577957
 5:51 pm on May 26, 2013 (gmt 0)

I am wondering why WordPress when you obviously have experienced web developers. Sure it has a lot to offer newbie site starters, ie: I was contacted last week by a guy who had 100 web sites and didn't how to upload a file to any one of them.

Take a peak under the hood... view source code of any WordPress site and then ask yourself if you really want to load that overhead on every page. The more plugins means more CSS and .JS includes and they will be loaded even if not being used.

buddhu




msg:4578502
 8:42 am on May 28, 2013 (gmt 0)

Thanks everyone.

We do indeed have experienced web devs. Unfortunately they are totally snowed under with projects - new sites and a lot of intranet work.

Wordpress was my first choice mostly because I will have to do most day-to-day admin. It's a platform with which I am familiar. I can customise it and keep it ticking over without needing to run to IT every day, and I know how to use it so it works well for Google.

Installation was a different matter - I couldn't have much input there as I'm used to running it on *nix/Apache/PHP/MySQL. I have no personal experience with running stuff on Microsoft server/script/database platforms.

Anyway, looks as if IT have found a way to install it on the main site in a way that they are happy with. I had accepted the need for a subdomain, but the IT manager told me last week that he's got it working with Microsoft SQL and he's set it up so it won't break or compromise any extant site elements.

Looks like we're good to go.

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